Kid Made Heart Votives

Kid Made Heart Votives - These make great gifts for teachers or loved ones.

Valentine's day is fast approaching and I was looking for a gift for the kids to give to grandma. I immediately thought of doing something handmade since I am all about saving money and lets be honest, you just can't beat the handiwork of a three year old. I went to one of my favorite places, the dollar store, for inspiration. I found some votive candle holders and tissue paper. An idea for these Kid Made Heart Votives was born. Don't you just love dollar store crafts? Here is one even little kids can do. 

Supplies you will need:
*Please supervise your child with this activity as it involves Mod Podge and glass. I did this with my three year olds, but all children are different and you know your child best.

Valentine's Day Craft

Before we started, I cut some hearts out of red and pink tissue paper. I just folded the tissue paper in half and cut out half a heart. I cut various sized hearts. 

Tissue paper hearts


I gave the twins some tissue hearts and some Mod Podge in a cup and showed them how they could attach the hearts to the glass. They loved working with Mod Podge. Everytime I called it glue B would yell, "No mommy, it's Mod Podge."
Mod Podge

Gluing on hearts

The kids had some trouble making their hearts smooth on the glass, so there are some bumps, but that just adds to the kid made charm.

Tissue paper Valentine's craft

We do our kid crafts while wearing crowns. That's how we roll here.

Valentine's Day activity

B, sporting her new glasses. She can finally see what she's doing!
Valentine's day crafts for kids

"A" ended up making a pattern with the pink and red hearts.

heart votives

Here is how it will look when the kids are done with their part. You will want to paint over the hearts with a thin layer of Mod Podge.

homemade valentine's gift

While drying. The girls were curious to see if it would indeed turn clear, as I promised.

handmade valentine

Here are the finished votive holders. Now what grandma wouldn't love to receive these?
Kids valentine activity

 Drop a votive candle in there and enjoy!

Kid made heart votives

Valentine's day activity for kids

These Kid Made Heart Votives make really great teacher gifts too. You can even put a gift card in the empty votive if you wanted to add a little more to it.

pretty heart votives

For more Valentine's activities check out:
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  1. Cute idea! I love that she was wearing her crown!

  2. Love this! Such a great little gift that the kids can help with!

  3. My little daycare kiddos will love doing this. What a great idea. Thanks
    Rhonda @ The Messy Roost

  4. Very cute idea! I had been thinking about doing something like this but with glitter. I love the tissue paper though and it would be more toddler friendly. Thanks!

  5. These are too cute! Such a fun project for the kids!

  6. I love it! So cute! I need to do more projects like this with my daughter. We do lots of on paper art - drawing, coloring, etc - but things like this are fun! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. @ Leigh Ann, She ALWAYS wears her crown!
    @ Lovingmama, I love kid made gifts!
    @ Messy Roost, Hope they have fun!
    @ Carrie, Glitter would be cool too. Hmm....
    @ Megan, Thanks for the visit!
    @ Megan, I hope she enjoys it.

  8. How simple and fun. Turned out great. I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Linky Party.

  9. my nieces would love this! and it's a project that doesn't look kid made if you know what I mean I would love you to add this and any other posts you want to show off to my What We Wore and Made party over at

  10. Cute project! Your girls are adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  11. How pretty! And reminds me that we have some little jars to "upcycle" too.... must start on those soon!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  12. Aaahhh! Vicky, these are aDORable! Best kids' craft I've seen all day. We made the jack-o-lantern ones, but I never thought to use hearts! They're so pretty and fun! Pretty please say you'll link up at my party!

  13. It's nice the mod podge dries clear so you don't have to worry about keeping it too neat.


  14. So pretty! What a great gift idea! I am sharing this on my FB page, The Golden Gleam.

  15. So cute! I made something similar with leaves and glitter for fall. I like the hearts for Valentine's Day.


  16. LOVE IT!!!! :)
    I will be making these and linking it back to you! :)

  17. Love them! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  18. I do a similar Mother's Day craft with baby food jars. I just use elmer's glue mixed with water, it dries clear as well, and I always have it on hand. I also started using the battery operate votives for safety.

  19. This is great. I'm going to have my grandchildren make Mother's Day presents like these. In fact, I might make a few for a special table setting.
    Thank you for the step-by-step pictures.

  20. Thanks for sharing! Will try it1 joann

  21. Thanks everyone for all the nice compliments. This was super easy and we all had fun.

  22. So sweet! I'm so happy that you decided to join Seasonal Sundays. Hope you'll be here next week too!

    - The Tablescaper

  23. These are pretty! I have never used mod podge. I really need to buy some!

  24. so nice votives!! I love hearts!!
    you can see my valentine post here:

    maria from spain!!!

  25. What a fun project! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!

  26. What a cute gift idea! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

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  28. These are lovely! Just pinned these to my Valentines Day for Kids board :) Thanks for linking up to the Afterschool linky!